Friday, November 6, 2009
Checking in on the injuries that matter most
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
A quick trip through Friday’s final reports on the status of the injuries that matter most in the NFC South.
The Saints have said defensive tackles Sedrick Ellis and Kendrick Clancy will not play Sunday. With only two healthy defensive tackles on the roster right now, look for the Saints to make a roster move. If I had to guess, I’d say they’ll bring DeMario Pressley up from the practice squad. Receiver Lance Moore also will be out. That just means more passes for the rest of the New Orleans army of receivers.
Tampa Bay receivers Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant both are listed as questionable. Fill in your own punch line. I say go ahead and start rookie Sammie Stroughter – now and for the rest of the season. At least we know he’ll be around next year.
Carolina kicker John Kasay is listed as questionable. The Panthers can turn to kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd for field goals and extra points. But you might be shocked by the drop off in accuracy between these two.
The Falcons are listing 10 players as questionable. But the good news is coach Mike Smith indicated receiver Roddy White and tackle Sam Baker should be able to play.